As Oprah Winfrey sits in wait for her turn to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, longtime owner Donald Sterling is ready to prove he’s “not a racist” for the comments he made when his girlfriend took a pic with Magic Johnson.
In April, Donald got caught asking girlfriend V. Stiviano why she would want to “broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” despite the fact that V. is black and Mexican herself.
But now, he wants to make amends for what he’s said — especially since part of his punishment for his comments is being banned from the NBA for life.
“I’m not a racist,” Donald, who claims to have been “emotionally distraught” over the situation, said in an interview with Anderson Cooper set to air tonight, according to People. “I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”
“I’m a good member who made a mistake,” Donald continued. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”
Is Donald apologizing because he wants to stay involved with the NBA, or because he’s actually sorry for what he said behind what he thought was closed doors? We’ll find out! Either way, his racist recording wasn’t the first time he’s made comments like these, so we have a feeling he’s not exactly sorry for what he said, but more for what happened because of what he said.
“The reason it’s hard for me, very hard for me, is that I’m wrong,” Donald said. “I caused the problem. I don’t know how to correct it. If the owners feel I have another chance, then they’ll give it to me.”